Wednesday, August 8, 2012

gastronomie across the park

Guess what, ladies and gents? I've officially received my French visa... allowing me to go and thoroughly indulge the nerdy student within me, and to live a life somewhat like the video posted on the Facebook page. What a relief.
Yesterday, after bidding adieu to the lovely people at the French Consulate, I took a stroll through Central Park. The summer weather was perfect--warm, sunny, little if any humidity--and the air smelled oh-so sweet. (Next time you're not in a rush in New York, I highly suggest you commute from the Upper East to the Upper West, or vice-versa, in this way.) I was heading across town to stop by Gastronomie491 to see the vibrant and wonderful Katie, and after realizing how adorable the market/café is, decided to sit down for an early lunch as well.
My order? Housemade falafel with tahini, arugula, and red onion in a pita alongside a house salad. I was starving, and it was delicious. The service is noteworthingly good, too :). My waitress gave me a sample of their muhammara.
From there, I walked up to my aunt's apartment to see her and her three boys before they left for their 2-week vacation to Rome. It was so nice to catch up, especially as she's the aunt who lived abroad in Barcelona for ~2 years in her 20s. They'll be back a week before I leave so it wasn't quite a "goodbye," but with three weeks left, the pressure to spend time with people I love is on, in a big way.


  1. eeeeep! this looks like the perfect day for you, little nerdy girl :) i am practically squealing out of glee for you.

  2. Such a treat to see you, my dear! Maybe soon we can meet for une sandwiche à Paris!

  3. @Mackenzie: It was :) thanks, dear!

    @Katie: Indeed it was. And if we can make that happen, it would make my year.

  4. The whole visa thing was quite stressful for me (but only because I'm a procrastination pro and didn't receive it until the day before I left...)

    So glad yours was wonderful!

  5. @Ginny: It was stressful for me, too! I'm just so glad to have the process over and done with :)


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